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Romeo and Juliet - How far do you agree with Capulet when he calls Juliet a

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Question: How far do you agree with Capulet when he calls Juliet a "disobedient wretch"? The quote that Lord Capulet said to Juliet calling her a "disobedient wretch" is in Act III Scene 5. He enters the play delighted because he has good news that Juliet is going to marry Paris. Juliet refuses this and as soon as Juliet tells Lord Capulet this, he is furious. This is when he calls her a "disobedient wretch". The reason for this is because Lord Capulet has told Paris that Juliet will take his hand in marriage and if she doesn't then he will be going back on his word. In those days whatever the man of the house says goes. To hear that Juliet is refusing the 'command' makes him shocked and very angry, as he has searched and found a perfect match for Juliet and so he feels that she should be grateful. In those days you didn't marry for love but for security and your father would choose someone suitable. ...read more.


He thought he had found a charming and decent man to marry Juliet and to him she is refusing for no real reason. He is also frustrated, because he had made plans for the wedding and agreed with Paris that he could marry his daughter, and it was all organized and she is throwing it all back in his face, by saying, "proud can I never be o what I hate". This makes Capulet annoyed so he replies, "Proud and I thank you, and I thank you not!" here is he showing sarcasm of what Juliet has said. Lord Capulet even starts threatening Juliet by saying, "Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither" which means he will drag her to the marriage to wed Paris. However Juliet isn't refusing on purpose to be a "disobedient wretch" as Lord Capulet calls her, because she has a reason, which she is keeping secret, this is that she is already married to Romeo for love. ...read more.


She doesn't feel she has a choice when it comes to her fathers argument as she couldn't imagine life without Romeo. I believe that although the word "disobedient" may be right it should be taken as a fact but not a criticism, because disobedience is not always bad depending on the command and how you and the other person or people feel about it. When "disobedient" and "wretch" are put together then it is meant as an insult as well not just a fact. So I believe that the phrase "disobedient wretch" is said in a context of an insult, which I think is quite harsh. Although disobedient maybe true from Capulets point of view, it doesn't mean it is a bad thing if he's in the wrong. I think Juliet should be felt sorry for as she has no one to turn to, her mother says, "Talk not to me for I'll not speak a word" and the nurse just leaves her on her own. As for Lord Capulet he is just being selfish and is trying to control Juliet to protect his reputation. George Munjas 11ME ...read more.

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